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Questions With Kline: Jim Fleming

Chris Kline -

Marlins vice president of player development and scouting Jim Fleming has a rich history of signing players dating back to when he was the scouting director of the Expos. BA sat down with Fleming yesterday morning to get his take on a myriad of topics and players as the Marlins move forward with their second rebuilding process heading into this season.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Bulletin

Five Tools, One Big Question

Chris Kline -Premium Content

Whenever the name Elijah Dukes is spoken in baseball circles, the first thing anyone wants to talk about is his off-field history and not the exploits of the five-tool outfielder between the lines. Such is the case for one of the few baseball prospects with a rap sheet, rather than the showcase and high bonus background you'd expect from one of the game's elite prospects.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Bulletin

Spring Training Dish: Mets Camp

Chris Kline -

Farm director Adam Wogan has only been on the job for a few months since coming over from the Nationals, but thanks to assistant to the GM Tony Bernazard, field coordinator Tony Tijerina and the rest of the field staff, Mets camp is running like a well-oiled machine. And that makes getting Wogan acclimated that much easier. BA sat down with Wogan and Bernazard to talk about the state of the system, how much developing players has changed since general manager Omar Minaya took over and a pair of outfielders that take a back seat to Milledge—for now.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Spring Training Dish: Dodgers Camp

Chris Kline -

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dodgers vice president of scouting and player development Roy Smith, who just returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic with the rest of the Dodger brass, to talk about how much the organization's development philosophy has changed since he came over to the club in 2004 after six seasons as assistant general manager of the Pirates; the sudden depth of outfielders in the system and the state of international scouting—an area in which the organization has lacked in recent years since the departure of international scouting director Rene Francisco.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Spring Training Dish: Nationals Camp

Chris Kline -

We sat down with Nationals farm director Andy Dunn to talk about the state of the system, what the organization is trying to stress among players in camp, the return of lefthander Mike Hinckley and the rumor that Kory Casto was moving off third base in the wake of Ryan Zimmerman's arrival last season.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Spring Training Dish: Braves Camp

Chris Kline -

We caught up with Braves assistant general manager for baseball operations Dayton Moore, after we reached him on his Blackberry at Disney's Wide World of Sports, which was filled with middle-school cheerleaders preparing for a competition . . . until we made our way past CrackerJack Stadium and onto the back fields at Disney's pristine complex.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Spring Training Dish: Pirates Camp

Chris Kline -

We sat down with Pirates farm director Brian Graham—in between dodging random throws by second baseman Jose Castillo at his moving golf cart around Pirate City—to talk about keeping the system stocked with depth after losing so many players to the majors last season, the lack of impact talent other than Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen, and what in the world happened to righthander Matt Peterson after he came over from New York in the Kris Benson deal two years ago.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Spring Training Dish: Phillies Camp

Chris Kline -

With assistant general manager of scouting and player development Mike Arbuckle back on the amateur beat for the Phillies' scouting department for his most extensive tour of duty in at least three years—and with a first-rounder slated for June—Arbuckle is adamant about reloading through the draft and being aggressive on the international market. We sat down with Arbuckle to talk about where the system is now and where it's headed, the nice crop of lefthanders already in tow, and righthander Scott Mathieson—who's grown leaps and bounds in what can only be termed as a well-traveled offseason.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Indy GMs Find Added Worries

J.J. Cooper -

While being the GM of a team in the affiliated minor leagues is all about ticket sales, promotions and revenues, being an independent league GM involves all those things as well as paying for worker's comp, juggling a salary cap, and being responsible for the wins and losses.

Minors | #2005#Independent Audit

Pros Took Big Bite Out Of Clemson’s Banner Class

Jim Callis -Premium Content

If baseball was like football, and players were required to spend three years in college before becoming draft-eligible, Clemson wouldn't rank sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 36th overall in our College Preview. The Tigers also wouldn't be shut out on our preseason All-America teams. Here's what our first team would look like.

Minors | #2005#Column

NL Talent Found Beyond The Top 10s

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Here's an all-star team of National League prospects who couldn't quite make the Top 10 cut. Last year's version of this column included five players who graduated to Top 10 status this time around: Rockies third baseman Jeff Baker, Cubs outfielder Jason Dubois, Braves outfielder Kelly Johnson, Tigers first baseman/catcher Chris Shelton and Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder.

Minors | #2005#Column

Top 100 Offers More Evidence In Talent Debate

Jim Callis -Premium Content

The prevailing wisdom these days is that college players are a better investment than high schoolers. The number of prepsters taken in the first 10 rounds of the draft is rapidly shrinking, from 46 percent of the picks in 2000 to 39 percent in 2002 to 30 percent (believed to be an all-time low) last year. At the same time, however, high school players dominate the top of our Top 100 Prospects list. They claim 14 of the first 20 spots, compared to three each for college and international signees. A year ago, the prep influence was more pronounced, as the top 20 included 18 high schoolers versus one collegian and one foreigner.

Minors | #2005#Column

No. 1 Picks Rarely Overcome Bad Debuts

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Player-development and scouting officials agree almost unanimously that you can't read too much into a player's first-year stats. But an examination of the debuts for other No. 1 overall selections reveals that Matt Bush's struggles are a bad omen.

Minors | #2005#Column

Don’t Read Too Much Into College Stats

Jim Callis -Premium Content

When Bill James developed his Minor League Equivalencies in the mid-1980s, translating minor league stats into big league numbers, he didn't venture below Double-A or mess with pitchers because the future performance records didn't hold up. Yet now some teams are putting faith into statistics from a level of baseball light years removed from Double-A.

Minors | #2005#Column

D’Backs, Angels, Get Their Men Without Panicking

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Scott Boras has a reputation for squeezing every last penny out of clubs when it comes to free agency and the draft. So other teams were thrilled when the Diamondbacks and Angels held firm in negotiations with their 2004 first-rounders, Boras clients Jered Weaver and Stephen Drew. Even while coming within minutes of the May 30 midnight Eastern signing deadline, Arizona and Los Angeles held firm to offers that had been on the table for months. In the end, Drew and Weaver decided to turn pro rather than take their chances in the 2005 draft.

Minors | #2005#Column

Hochevar Doesn’t Get Past No. 17 In Our Draft

Jim Callis -Premium Content

With 30 scouting directors putting their opinions on the line in the first-year player draft, it's time for me to do the same. I've put together my own 10-round mock drafts since 2003, based on BA's scouting reports and signability information. This year, I randomly drew the 17th slot in each round. Because the supplemental first round lasts 18 picks this year, I decided I should get in on that action with the No. 35 selection.

Minors | #2005#Column